In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics regarding tanning ledges in pools. A customization area that’s becoming more and more common in recent years, the tanning ledge offers both comfort and aesthetics to many different pool types and designs.
At Packman’s Pools, we offer a wide variety of custom pool construction options, including tanning ledges when desired. What are some of the common materials used for tanning ledges, and how can you customize these options to fit your needs? We’ll go over this plus some installation tips in today’s blog.
Tanning Ledge Material Options
There are two primary choices you have when installing a tanning ledge: Choosing a pool model that has one built-in, or installing one beside the main pool shell itself. Regardless of which choice you make, ledges are generally available in three common materials:
- Concrete: Concrete is a top option due to its ease in customization – it can be built to virtually any shape or size, and placed anywhere within your pool design. One minor downside with concrete is that the surface isn’t quite as smooth as others, meaning kids who want to run and play on the surface might be out of luck.
- Vinyl: Vinyl liners are extremely affordable and smoother than concrete surfaces. They are also more sensitive to wear and tear, however, and they require proper sealing to prevent leaks.
- Fiberglass: For the best combination of smoothness and safety, fiberglass is the way to go. It’s completely safe, and also helps leave plenty of swim space open. Fiberglass ledges are not quite as customizable, however, a consideration you should remember.
While customizing the shape and size of your tanning ledge often relates to which material you use and the shape of your pool overall, there are a few other features you can also consider. Many people include lights with their tanning ledges, for instance, and others choose bubblers that shoot streams of water above the pool’s surface – creating a fountain-like effect. Some even combine these two services, placing a built-in light within the bubbler that offers great aesthetics and a fun area for kids to play around in.
Tanning Ledge Installation
You should always discuss the building and construction of a tanning ledge before installation. Within this area, another distinct benefit of fiberglass is the time it takes to install – it only takes a couple hours, this compared to day-long projects for most vinyl or concrete ledges. Speak to our pros in advance about tips and safety areas for the installation of such a ledge in a previous pool model.
For more on tanning ledges, or to learn about any of our custom pools or hot tub options, speak to the staff at Packman’s Pools today.